In-Vitro Fertilization: a Timeline

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In-vitro fertilization, or IVF, is a process whereby the sperm fertilizes the egg outside the body in a Petri dish and the resulting embryo is placed into the woman’s uterus. But the process isn’t as simple as that. Multiple procedures are involved in the entire IVF procedure to guarantee its success. It is also a method of Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) that took time to be developed and to evolve. Let’s take a look at how IVF came to be.

In 1934, a gentleman by the name of Gregory Pincus performed in-vitro fertilization procedures on rabbits at Harvard University.

In 1938, John Rock began his quest to determine whether or not IVF can be done on humans. It would take him six years to successfully fertilize a human egg outside the body. He did not, however, attempt to implant the fertilized egg inside a human. The entire study nonetheless piqued the curiosity of the medical world.

In 1959, the first ever successful IVF procedure was completed by Min Chuen Chang at the Worcester Foundation when a live rabbit was born.

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In September of 1977, Patrick Steptoe and Robert Edwards surgically removed an egg from their patient, Lesley Brown, fertilized the egg, and implanted it in Brown’s uterus. A few months later, Brown’s pregnancy was confirmed. This is the first time an egg fertilized through IVF has grown in a uterus.

On July 25, 1978, Louise Brown becomes the first human baby ever to be born through the IVF procedure.

CHA Fertility Center combines personalized, empathetic care with scientific excellence to bring hope and new life to women and couples who dream of having a family. The facility specializes in IVF as well as other Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) procedures. To learn more about the latest news on IVF, visit this blog.

Infertility: Spotting the Signs and Finding Solutions

Couples eager to conceive should not be quick to form their own diagnoses of their reproductive capability. Should they suspect that infertility afflicts them, couples can seek the help of a reproductive endocrinologist (a fertility specialist), so they can examine their treatment options.

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CHA Fertility Center defines infertility as “the inability to get pregnant after one year of unprotected intercourse” and recommends fertility counseling should this be the case. CHA Fertility Center also includes the World Health Organization’s (WHO) broader definition on infertility (or subfertility) as the inability to maintain a pregnancy and/or to carry a pregnancy to a live birth.

CHA Fertility Center adds that 13 to 15 percent of couples worldwide are affected by infertility. Such frequency has necessitated interventions from the healthcare sector. To date, there are several methods that couples struggling with having babies have recourse to. Some of the most commonly known methods are the following:

In vitro fertilization (IVF) : This is one of the most successful and popular methods for . Cha IVF carries out four stages to this process, which starts with the stimulation of ovarian follicles to unleash ova. This is the preferred method of women above the age of 35 or those diagnosed with endometriosis or damaged fallopian tubes.

Ovulation induction: As this treats problems in ovulation, the woman is given medication to stimulate the production of ova (eggs). This makes the woman’s cycle predictable and regular so that intercourse can result in fertilization.

Egg or sperm donor program: This is for patients with damaged reproductive functions or for same sex couples. A donor egg or sperm is fertilized by IVF, and the embryo is implanted in the uterus.

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CHA Fertility Center offers more solutions to couples wishing to build their family. It is important that they know their options and do not give up in their quest for reproductive fulfillment.

Visit this website to be apprised of the other methods to treat infertility.